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Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller

from  $63.89+
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84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Xbox One's controller is mostly a refined version of the last-gen gamepad, with the new shoulder buttons being the only real step backward.

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Pros
  • Great battery life
  • The best analog sticks on any gamepad
  • Rumble triggers!
Cons
  • Shoulder buttons are cumbersome
  • Requires AA batteries
84 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
84

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

84
 

User Reviews

100
tension7
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
60
killasoljah
Personally the controller is nice but i think a lot of people say its the best...read more
60
hailstormknight
A forgettable product. It isn't bad, exactly, but also doesn't do anything particularly well. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
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Game Informer
The controller feels great overall, and it looks like Microsoft has achieved the critical balance of addressing problems and providing some cosmetic tweaks without introducing new issues.
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Destructoid
I'm glad to see that the form is similar to the Xbox 360's gamepad. From the looks of it, the d-pad has been given a refresh, which absolutely needed to happen. Thank goodness for that.
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The Next Web
I can tell you that the new design has improved the grip significantly. There is more room in the center of the controller for your hands when holding it in the natural grip, and the tips of my fingers are no longer mashed up against the battery casing.
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Gizmodo
After holding one for a few minutes, I can say officially that the Xbox One controller is very nice. It's just more comfortable.--- But that rumbling. It really does seem like it can add a better immersive experience.
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Mashable
That battery move, by the way, makes the whole controller feel much sleeker and actually more comfortable to hold ... Overall, the new Xbox One controller appears to be an impressive piece of engineering and design.
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IGN
While the changes from the Xbox 360 controller are significant, it clearly respects the legacy and leaves its strongest qualities intact.
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The Guardian
The new thumbsticks feel really nice. They're smaller in diameter than the Xbox 360 versions and the outside rim is textured (Microsoft refers to this effect as "knurling") so you have a better grip.
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Eurogamer
Overall the controller feels light but robust and boasts plenty of logical updates.
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Ars Technica
The controller did feel more comfortable in my hands, thanks to the lack of a jutting battery pack in the back that can bump against the fingers on the Xbox 360 controller.
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Destructoid
Again, we have yet to actually play a game with this new controller, but it certainly feels like an improvement over what we already consider the gaming standard.

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